By Peter Lynch

5th Jun, 2023 | 8:10pm

Karl Robinson shares ‘outstanding’ Sam Allardyce verdict after Leeds United exit

Karl Robinson says Sam Allardyce was “outstanding” during his brief spell as Leeds United manager this season.

Allardyce was brought in for the last four matches of the Premier League campaign in a bid to help save the club from the drop, something which drastically failed.

He brought in Robinson to assist him, but both have since left Elland Road following the club’s relegation.

“I really loved the four weeks working with the gaffer,” Robinson said live on talkSPORT. “He was brilliant. He had the zest for it, he really did, he was outstanding.

“I think if you spoke to all the players, they’d tell you working with Sam, he doesn’t half make it fun. It’s organised, it sort of gives you that buzz to get back in.”

Tough but enjoyable

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It was undoubtedly a very tough job that Allardyce and Robinson had on their hands at Elland Road, with Leeds in a real mess when the duo arrived.

They of course tried their best to get a tune out of the group of players, but at the end of the day, the damage had already been done under Allardyce’s predecessors.

Both Jesse Marsch and Javi Gracia came and went before Allardyce took over, with both failing to find any sort of consistency on the pitch.

There really wasn’t much expected of Allardyce and Robinson, but they remained professional and tried their best to stave off relegation.

But a final day hammering against Tottenham was the final nail in the coffin, with the 4-1 defeat at Elland Road typifying just how miserable the entire campaign was.

Still, it seems that Robinson enjoyed his time as Allardyce’s number two, with the coach undoubtedly sharing some fantastic memories with the iconic manager.

In other Leeds United news, Kalvin Phillips has sent Luke Ayling a heartfelt message following the club’s relegation to the Championship.